In her 40s, she walked away from a successful banking career to pursue her passion as a jazz musician


I KNOW YOU DID A GIG IN FEBRUARY. IS THE QUARTET PERFORMING MORE THIS YEAR? 

Yes! We had a sold-out concert and we will perform again at the Esplanade Recital Hall in September. We are also performing at a private concert in June.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU THIS YEAR?

I took a break to recharge after our Pandemic Blues concert at Esplanade Recital Hall. I am currently writing again for the next album. Stay tuned.

WHAT’S THE LONG-TERM CAREER ASPIRATION?

I hope to conduct more jazz workshops to educate kids on jazz. I have been especially inspired by autistic children. It made me realise many kids out there are talented in music but have yet to discover their talents. I hope to embark on their musical journeys with them.

I wish to delve deeper into composing and arranging music and have the opportunity to work on projects at a national level, orchestra projects infused with jazz, and even perform at overseas jazz festivals.

ARE THERE ANY MUSICIANS THAT REALLY INSPIRE YOU?

Wayne Shorter, Seamus Blake, Brad Mehldau, Mccoy Tyner, Aaron Parks, Alex Sipiagin, Misha Tsiganov, Sasha Mashin.  Also my lecturers at LaSalle, Kerong Chok, Belinda Foo. And piano pedagogy lecturer at NUS Yong Siew Toh conservatory, Julie Tan.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN YOUR DAILY LIFE?

God, my husband, my kids. They inspire me to be a better person. I am thankful and grateful for my blessings. I miss my late father and mother; they taught me to respect others and be hardworking.

Hard work pays off. My husband told me, “Pain plus reflection equals progress” to encourage me to persevere despite the fatigue of juggling both parenthood and school. The pain in my studies and non-stop daily practice were necessary for progress.

I also try to be healthy by exercising daily as it keeps me positive. One must be happy to write good music, therefore it is important to take care of my mind, soul and body.

My band members are so talented and hardworking. They inspire me too.



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